Thursday, September 19, 2013

Let's Talk About Book Burnout

Hey you over there. Yeah, you. Okay, come closer. I have a secret to share but I don’t want everyone to know. *waves you closer* So here it is: I’m not interested in reading right now.

Yep. I said it. I’m burned out...or is it burnt out. Burnt out. I’m still writing and reading blogs but I just can’t bring myself to pick up a book.

When burnout happens in other areas of my life I try to keep things fresh a number of ways. When burn out happened in my running I scaled back the miles, changed the style of racing, and incorporated cross training. When burn out happens, do something else, as this jpg so brilliantly illustrates.

Although, I do not support the hunting of snowboarders. Just an FYI.

If I apply the same method to my reading I think it would look something like this: read outside my genre (maybe more contemp instead of so much SF/F), read outside my category (adult and middle grade vs YA and NA), and maybe even read less. Spend more time outside, doing new things (hello, Geo Caching). Maybe even write more. More blog posts, new topics, new chapters, and even new WIP's.

Have you been through reading burn out? What did you do to push through the burn out haze?

Want more ideas on how to beat book burn out? Check out this blog post

And if your book burn out is actually writer burn out (as in I can't write another book) check out this post by the lovelies at Writer Unboxed


  1. *whispers* I've gone through book burn out. Whew! There! I thought I was immediately going to be pelted by 500 page hardbacks for admitting that- thank you for freeing me! When I was going through it I felt so guilty for not wanting to do my normal fav thing ever. And mine was b/c I was reading the same thing over and over. Variety is the key! =)

  2. I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award! If you choose to accept, all the details can be found on my blog(I would link it but I've found it doesn't work...). Have a great weekend!


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